Wireless 911

June 2004
Technology Review;Jun2004, Vol. 107 Issue 5, p78
This section presents an illustration showing how wireless carriers will be able to provide call centers with geographic coordinates, mobile-phone callback numbers and the locations of the towers or antennas receiving the calls of those calling the emergency telephone number, 911, which is a plan initiated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in response to delays occurring with emergency calls made from mobile phones. According to the National Emergency Number Association, annually, above 50 million 911 calls are made from mobile phones in the country. But unlike 911 calls placed from traceable landlines, wireless calls allegedly do not provide emergency call center operators with location information, which is considered a shortcoming that can hold up emergency responders. Upon the time that mobile users place a call, the signal, which carries their voice and the mobile phone's callback number, is picked up by the closest tower or antenna. The tower or antenna allegedly directs the caller's voice, the phone number, and the tower's code to a mobile switching center. The switching center then simultaneously packages information about the call in three different ways and directs the packages to three locations.


Related Articles

  • NENA Sizes Up Wireless Networks. Rockwell, Mark // Wireless Week;4/15/2004, Vol. 10 Issue 9, p10 

    Focuses on the request made by National Emergency Number Association for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to ensure that carriers carry out wireless congestion control procedures. Reasons behind the request; Modifications planned to be made to the rules on E911 calls.

  • A wake-up call for VoIP. Crowe, James Q. // Telephony;6/6/2005, Vol. 246 Issue 12, p34 

    Comments on the public hearing initiated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the failure of the Internet telephony industry to address the 911 emergency (E911) dialing system for police and medical emergencies in the U.S. Order of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin for Internet telephony...

  • Road to full wireless enhanced 911 starts to smooth out. Weaver, Heather Forsgren // RCR Wireless News;4/19/2004, Vol. 23 Issue 16, p8 

    Focuses on the developments in the wireless E911 service implemented by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Installation progress of the service as of February 2004; Phases of the service; Information on the funding bill passed by the House of Representatives for E911 deployment.

  • Dial L for Location. Schneider, David // American Scientist;Nov/Dec2005, Vol. 93 Issue 6, p504 

    This article reports on the progress of efforts from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinforce a process for locating the source of cellular phone calls to 911. The FCC order wireless carriers to install equipment for locating source of cellular phone calls to 911, a process...

  • YORKVILLE TELEPHONE Answers the Call for E-911. Jenkins, Tennille // Rural Telecommunications;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 23 Issue 5, p32 

    Provides information on Phase II of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enhanced 911 (E-911) wireless service mandate deployed by Yorkville Telephone Cooperative in Tennessee. Requirement under the wireless service mandate; Number of calls placed each day from wireless phones in...

  • OnStar gets E911 reprieve until '06. Weaver, Heather Forsgren // RCR Wireless News;10/27/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 43, p15 

    Reports on the ruling of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the ancillary voice calling service of OnStar Corp. is a mobile telephone and is subject to the wireless enhanced 911 rules. Decision of the FCC to waive the rules for OnStar until 2006; Explanation from officials of...

  • Location Standards Upped FCC Adds Muscle, Urgency to E911. Partyka, Janice // GPS World;Oct2007, Vol. 18 Issue 10, p14 

    The article reports on the move initiated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to strengthen Enhanced 911 (E911) location system. The new order will demand wireless carriers to test and adhere to E911 location accuracy standards within a smaller geographic area tagged as the...

  • E911: Seeing The Light Of Day? Rockwell, Mark // Wireless Week;10/1/2003, Vol. 9 Issue 20, p10 

    Addresses various issues surrounding E911 wireless emergency location technology deployments in the U.S. in October 2003. Problems in the way the technology is being managed among the various stakeholders; Plan of the Federal Communications Commission to form work groups and reports on E911...

  • Clintom Signs 911 Act, Vetoes FCC Appropriations.  // Wireless Week;11/01/99, Vol. 5 Issue 44, p12 

    Reports that United States President Bill Clinton has signed the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 into law establishing 911 as the nationwide wireless emergency number. Impact of the law on the liability protection for carriers and public-safety officials; Reasons Clinton...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics